Jack Wilshere confirms Arsenal departure/reveals Unai Emery influence on decision

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has this evening confirmed that he will depart the club upon the expiration of his contract at the end of the month.

Fitness struggles

Wilshere’s injury troubles over the course of his career have been widely covered in the press, with a string of lengthy spells on the sidelines having held the technically-gifted star back from a potentially top-class career.

Following a nightmare campaign during which he managed just 3 Premier League appearances for the Gunners in 2015/16, Wilshere was sent out on loan to Bournemouth for the ensuing season.

He managed a respectable 27 league outings with the Cherries, but a hairline crack in his calfbone in April ruled the marauding midfielder out until last August.

Return to form

Despite being heavily linked with a move away from the Emirates last summer, Wilshere surprisingly remained in North London, with his impressive early-season performances in the Carabao Cup and Europa League having led to a Premier League recall for the Englishman.

LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 20: Jack Wilshere of Arsenal in action during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Arsenal and Doncaster Rovers at Emirates Stadium on September 20, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

And Wilshere since went on to play a key role for the Gunners this past season, appearing 38 times across all competitions, with large sections of the club’s fanbase having subsequently called for the 34-time capped international to be handed a new contract.

Impasse

But, while most had initially viewed the contract talks between Arsenal and Wilshere as a mere formality, the reality over the last few months has proven to be far more complicated.

Wilshere was rumoured to have been left disappointed by the lowly wages on offer as part of a new deal tabled by the Gunners earlier this year (though he clarifies this matter in his message this evening), with the Englishman having admitted back in March that ‘things had changed’ with regards to his place at the club.

Moving on

This has since led to the gifted midfielder being linked with moves to a whole host of clubs both in England and across Europe, with the likes of Crystal Palace, West Ham United, Juventus and AC Milan all touted as potential destinations.

And, as revealed in a message on Wilshere’s official Instagram account a short time ago, his numerous suitors have tonight been dealt a massive boost in their respective chases of the 26-year-old, amid news that Wilshere will in fact be departing Arsenal at the end of the month, following the expiration of his contract.

In an emotional post, the English international reveals that he actually intended to sign a new contract containing a lower wage packet than his previous deal, but ‘a recent meeting with Unai Emery’ ultimately swayed him to seek pastures new:

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Thanks for the memories 💙

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